A small hotel with a cafe selling "gourmet foods", The Old Bank is an old building, full of charm with minimal facilities but all you need if you are touring all day. Do you really need a pool?
I had room 4 which was at the front of the building and blessed with full length windows and high ceilings, letting in maximum natural light and wonderful to gaze out onto the main street! I recommend this room for your stay but you must like green; despite the street lighting outside the window - the heavy curtains make sure this is not a problem. The room was a good size, decent shower and a massive king bed. The odd cobweb dressed the chandelier, but then again, I have cobwebs on my living room ceiling light, so who am I to object?
The hotel was the most central in town and as a result, has no dedicated car park but this did not matter. Street parking is free between 18.30 and 10.30 the following morning and you pay around e2 for 2 hours after that. Considering we were driving around, this was not a problem and parking was easy to find.
What sets this hotel from the rest of the pack was the breakfast! Of course the full Irish was on offer, as were eggs Florentine and Benedict, omelettes, French toast and so on. The cold table had fresh fruit salad and a fruit compote to die for. Coffee was made by the Barista to order (no ordinary pot of coffee here!) and the hotel staff were all wonderful, giving full attention to the guests and making everyone feel at home. The small hotel had a great charm and I see why people prefer these types of hotels over the grand but impersonal 100+ room hotels with multiple restaurants etc. I would add that the red carpets did show signs of wear and the effect of dirty/muddy shoes walking over them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Boutique Georgian Townhouse with a passion for food. Spoil yourself in the luxurious, newly refurbished, award winning Old Bank House Kinsale. Voted one of the "Top 100 Place to Stay in Ireland" by Bridgestone Guides every year since 1990 and winner of Les Routier Irish Guest House of the Year 2005. Located in the centre of Kinsale within touching distance of Kinsale many famous bars and restaurants, each spacious bedroom is a perfect blend of Georgian splendour and modern comfort, with exquisite period pieces, luxury pocket sprung beds and a simple touch of class that makes each visit special. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Old Bank House Hotel Kinsale
- Old Bank Hotel
- Old Bank Kinsale